Dang, remember when seeing Boots at Target felt exotic? It seems more skin care and beauty brands from the UK are landing on US shores, yah? Case in point — Simple Sensitive Skin Specialists Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6 for 25 wipes), a UK cult beauty fave now available at Duane Reade drugstores.
I can see why Brits love this product. It’s oil- and alcohol-free and doesn’t contain any perfumes or dyes. The package is convenient, and the sticker closure stays firmly shut after opening (huge plus!).
I like that these wipes lift away foundation, powder, lipstick and most eye makeup without leaving a sticky film on my skin. However, the package says the wipes also lift waterproof mascara, but when I used the wipes to remove Shu Uemura Precise Volume Waterproof from my lashes, they left behind plenty of product. I also tried removing Chanel Exceptionnel, a non-waterproof mascara, and the results were the same. In both cases I ended up using Lancome Bi-Facil to finish the job.
One more thing — the wipes also felt scratchy and weren’t as soft as Lâ€™Oreal Skin Genesis Wet Cleansing Towelettes when I rubbed them against delicate areas like my lash line.
Simple Sensitive Skin Specialists Cleansing Facial Wipes
Use: As a makeup remover and cleansing wipe
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+/B-
Although Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes didn’t remove all of my makeup, I still think they’d be great for people sensitive to oils, dyes, perfumes and alcohol, you still might like these wipes. Also, you might dig ’em if you prefer a more textured wipe.
And because it’s rare to find a wipe that doesn’t leave a sticky film behind, I still plan on keeping a pack around to cleanse my neck and arms when I’m too lazy to do a truck stop shower when I get home late from clubbing.
Hey, ladies. El Hub and I got some not-so-great news from Hawaii this afternoon. His mom will have to go in for another unexpected operation in the next few days. I will still be heading to Florida for my BFF’s wedding, but it’s looking like I’ll be flying solo without El Hub and returning home the day after the ceremony.
I’m finding it’s hard to be funny in print when you’re feeling sad, worried and overwhelmed.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,